Walking through the halls of Garden City High School, located in rural Kansas, gives students the feeling that Dorthy was right – there is no place quite like home. This home of the Buffaloes presents students with an opportunity to explore career ambitions in a high-tech environment that is more like a community college than a high school, encouraging students to be life-long learners and see beyond what is today and instead focus on what is possible tomorrow.
The impressive 384,000-sf school was built to accommodate 2,000+ students is located on a 121-acre lot and is segmented into four distinct academies, referred to as Small Communities of Learning (SCLs). Each SCL is represented by a different color: Public Service (blue), Arts and Communication (red), Trade and Health Science (yellow) and a Freshman Academy (green).
Unified by an expansive common area designed to be anything but common, and cyber cafes meant to foster a special sense of place, this state-of-the-art facility marks a dynamic shift in the District’s and community’s approach to preparing their students for 21st-Century challenges. Students are exposed to machinery and technology many would have never had the chance to experience outside of a college atmosphere.
On top of their classroom time, students also have access to first-class physical training and sports facilities, including a fully top-loaded gym; tennis courts; a running track; fully lit football, softball and baseball fields; a weight room; and wrestling, fitness and dance studios. This new prominent piece of the community welcomes visitors with a three-story buffalo image that is etched in the glass of the student commons area, reminding all of the tremendous community pride built into this facility. The new Garden City High School will be a source of pride for Southwest Kansas for many years to come.
Garden City Public Schools Unified School District 457
Garden City, KS
ABC National, Excellence in Construction, Institutional $25-100M - Pyramid Award
ABC Rocky Mountain Chapter, Excellence in Construction Award, Institutional
ENR Mountain States, Best Project Awards, K12 Education Project of the Year